Filming a mass of Small Eggar Moths larvae last spring was the beginnings of Motheaten Hierachies, the body of work that I have created for this exhibition.
I thought it was an incredible sighting, these tents of silk and I felt truly blessed to see such a phenomenon of nature.
But when I shared the film on my social media platforms, I was really surprised by a few comments I got.
Suffice to say, some people are not fans of the Small Eggar Moths. Or some other moths and other insects and the phrases ‘pest’ and ‘invasive’ and ‘destructive’ came up.
“Hello? Mankind? Are you listening? Look in the mirror!!!”
This piece was created by needle felting wool onto and into an offcut of felt id made in the past. It was lying around, looking for a new purpose in life. So now it’s a moth. I’ve used sheep’s wool as well as alpaca for that deep chestnut colour. Then I’ve worked over it with freeform hand stitching using vintage threads.
The size of the moth is approximately 52mm long, mounted onto handmade paper and framed in an off white box frame 180mm square.
The exhibition runs from 19th September to 24th October. The gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm, then 2pm to 5pm.
Works purchased from the exhibition can be collected after 24th October and if you would like it posted out to you, please get in touch to discuss options.
The moth can be purchased as part of the OWN ART scheme, a national initiative that makes buying contemporary art and craft affordable by providing interest-free loans for the purchase of original work.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more.